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August 18, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(16):1139-1142. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860330007002

Knowledge of the clinical characteristics of filariasis among Marines who have returned from the South Pacific has taken a broad step forward during the past year. A sounder appreciation of the later symptomatology and clinical course of this exotic disease, together with a continued opportunity to study its psychologic aspects, has made it possible to envisage more definitely the ultimate prognosis of such cases and has clarified many of the misconceptions which unfortunately have arisen in regard to this heretofore almost unheard of condition. This advance in medical understanding has been brought about by careful study and observation of a large group of Marines who were returned from the South Pacific because of filariasis. This report represents but a small part of the clinical and rehabilitative work which is now going on at the Marine Barracks at Klamath Falls, Ore.

The need for such a center as the Marine Barracks